Definitions for abbreviateəˈbri viˌeɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce(verb)

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

  2. abbreviate(verb)


    "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abbreviate(verb)

    to make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken

  2. Abbreviate(verb)

    to reduce to lower terms, as a fraction

  3. Abbreviate(adj)

    abbreviated; abridged; shortened

  4. Abbreviate(adj)

    having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type

  5. Abbreviate(noun)

    an abridgment

  6. Origin: [L. abbreviatus, p. p.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dick Cavett:

    I'm perplexed when people adopt the modish abbreviation Ms., which doesn't abbreviate anything except common sense.

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